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Invisible Man - Crisis in the Desert 1958




Episode Two of the 1958 British television series "H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man". Not really anything to do with the Novel, the series is a fantasy-espionage series - like Danger Man or the Avengers with the added invisibility gimick.


Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: richgoup - - November 14, 2011
Subject: Crisis in the Desert (Invisible Man).
Season 1, episode 2.
Original air date: 20 June 1959.
Cast: Adrienne Cori (Yolanda), Eric Pohlmann (Hassan), Martin Benson (Omar), Peter Sallis (Nesib), Howard Pays (Jack Howard), Douglas Wilmer (Col. Warren), Darren Nesbitt (Corporal), Derek Sydney (Surgeon), Johnny Scripps (Dr. Peter Brady/ the Invisible Man: uncredited) and Tim Turner (Dr. Peter Brady/ the Invisible Man/ Voice: uncredited).
From IMDB.
Reviewer: Claudg1950 - - June 21, 2011
Subject: A typical Ralph Smart plot. Entertaining all along
Here, the talented Mr Smart not only produced but also wrote the script. As a consequence, this episode somehow anticipates those John Drake missions in exotic locales which were going to come.
The casting of Benson, Nesbitt and Pohlmann -to subsequently appear on those Danger Man episodes- also add to the sense of familiarity for those of us who enjoyed Danger Man so much.
When I was a child, Peter Brady embodied the "real" Invisible Man -a very lickable hero. I was shocked when later I learned that Wells' original Invisible Man was rather an antihero.
Reviewer: yuma - - June 6, 2011
Subject: New Fan
Never saw the TV Show, but my mom said she did. It's great fun. I have been a fan of the Invisible Man since I was a kid, an a TV History fan, but I never heard or seen any thing in a book about it this show. But now I will look for more.
Reviewer: porterville - - December 19, 2010
Subject: "The Invisible Man" Is Worth Viewing
I have seen various presentations through the decades on the character of the invisible man, adapted from H.G. Wells. "The Invisible Man-Crisis in the Desert," ranks among the best. Good plot, well paced, and the acting is fine. Very good viewing.
Reviewer: Deeceer - - December 17, 2010
Subject: Fun Viewing
A fun espionage episode which envisages middle eastern politics as something akin to World War Two France, including a highly unlikely female resistance fighter and Nazi-like bad guys.

The invisible lead actor continues to shout his way through the action and his character proves extremely handy, a scientist capable of fisticuffs and handling a gun as well as parachuting with no training whatsoever, leading to this wonderful exchange:

Invisible Man (matter of factly while getting ready to jump from plane over desert at night): "I've never done this before."
Aide (cheerfully): "Don't worry, you'll do fine!"

It's all great fun, these shows are must-see for fans of old British TV.

Look out for actor Derren Nesbitt credited as one of the soldiers - his career took off in the 1960s with roles in shows such as Special Branch, Danger Man, The Prisoner and Doctor Who.
Reviewer: jazzfan - - June 3, 2009
Subject: Anymore of these available?
The Invisible Man is a lot of fun. I would love to see more episodes posted.
Reviewer: Showbizbuff - - June 2, 2009
Subject: "Crisis in the Desert" is great entertainment
The episode opens with a scene which depicts British Agent Jack Howard being tortured for information he possesses about an underground resistance movement he has been setting up in an Arabian country. Howard was captured by the Arab authorities, and reaches the point where he agrees to divulge his information. When he says this, the guards relax their vigilance, and suddenly, Howard makes a dive for his freedom, out the window and into the street below. A guard dashes to the window and shoots Howard in the back as he lunges toward an exit off the village square.
The Invisible Man, Dr. Peter Brady, is working in his lab when he has a visitor from Military Intelligence. His visitor informs him that permission has been granted by his superiors for a secret mission to rescue the British Agent, Howard. Dr. Brady agrees to undertake the assignment.
Dr. Brady is delivered to his assignment by aircraft and isdropped by parachute to the underground members waiting below.
There are two people waiting, Yolanda, a beautiful girl (portrayed by Adrienne Corri) and Hassan (Erich Pohlmann). They signal the plane with a powerful flashlight, and after they see the parachute deploy, the light is hidden in a basket of wheat.
Also awaiting the drop is the evil Colonel Omar, who captures Hassan and Yolanda.
Dr. Brady is able to free Yolanda and they escape by stealing the Colonel's jeep. They head for the nearby town where Howard is in the hospital recovering from his wounds.
In the town, another member of the underground movement secures a nurse's uniform for Yolanda. Using the uniform as a disguise, Yolanda and Dr. Brady succeed in rescuing Howard, and they rendevous with another airplane and whisk him out ofthecountry.
Overall, the download of this 26-minute episode played beautifully and was highly entertaining. It is worth watching solely for the chance to see Adrienne Corri in action. Long-time movie fans may recall her as the girl who was raped in Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange", a scene which Kubrick caused Miss Corri to endure so many retakes, she resented Kubrick's treatment for years afterward. Watch this episode, easily worth 5 stars.
Reviewer: Jeice_The_Cuddly_Warrior - - January 9, 2009
Subject: HAM SANDWICH
If you don't dig this then you're lame.


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